Five weeks into the 2019-2020 ABL season, the import players have been at the top of their game, allowing us to start identifying who is on the run for the MVP title!
There are several considerations to be taken into when deciding who the MVP title belongs to.
1) Winning games is very important as it helps to bring your team up higher in the rankings just as the player ranking as well!
2) Due to the scheduling of games, several teams like the Saigon Heat have yet to play their first game, while other teams like the Singapore Slingers have only played one game so far. Therefore, ensuring that the decision is made only after all teams have played an equal amount of games in important
3) Reviewing the performance of all players throughout the entire season has to be done as currently, it is still rather early to decide as only 16 games have been played.
Let’s get on with what everyone came here for!
1) Starting off the list with the big man powerhouse, Will Artino!
Just after playing three games in the 2019-20 season, the big man already averaged 23.6 points, 17.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 blocks with 45% field goal percentage and 33% three-point percentage.
In the previous few seasons, Will Artino showed everyone that he was a formidable presence in the paint and that he is a versatile big man able to do everything on the court. His wide skill-set and impact on the floor was a no-brainer for the Kuala Lumpur Dragons to sign him for the upcoming season.
The big man has been a leader on the court as his presence on both ends of the floor gives the team the extra push and momentum they need. He has thus far led his team to a 2-1 record by averaging 23.7 points and an astounding 17.7 rebounds by being the first in rebounding in the league as well.
The big man is definitely on the run for clinching the MVP title, let’s see how long more the big man will hold this position in the rankings!
2) Coming in second, we have the all-rounded player Mike Singletary!
Mike Singletary has averaged an amazing 23.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 48% field goals percentage with 50% three-point field percentage with only three games played in the season!
His team, Mono Vampire, is currently leading the rankings with an impressive 3-0 win-lost record. In all three games, the all-rounder was named as player of the game. This shows everyone how consistent Mike Singletary is and how he is able to contribute to the team in each game without fail.
The all-round 6’4” forward is currently stacking up the stat sheet as he is averaging 23.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game, and as a bonus, he was named November’s Player of the Month as well.
With his vocal and key leadership on the court, Mono Vampires have a good team and have all the skills to make it far in the league to even fight for the championship.
3) Coming in third in the rankings, we have the well-known former NBA player, O.J. Mayo!
The former NBA player has stacked up impressive stats such as averaging 21.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.3 blocks and even a 54% field goal percentage and 59% three-point field goal percentage.
The Taipei Fubon Braves are having a strong start to their debut season as they have already won four of their first six games.
With O.J. Mayo taking this team on his shoulders, he shall have the honor of the third overall spot in the rankings. The former NBA star is averaging 29.8 minutes per game. However despite the shorter minutes, he is still averaging 21.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game, while even being able to convert on 59 percent of his 3-point attempts. He proves to everyone that he is known as a pure scorer and can knock down shots from anywhere!
With a long season ahead of us and with Lin Chih-Chieh out for an estimated 6-8 weeks, the Braves may have to rely more on O.J. Mayo and their other imports in upcoming games.
4) Fourth in the list, we have Kenny Manigault!
Having played 6 games thus far, the aggressive guard is averaging 24.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 41% field goal percentage with, 31% three-point field goal percentage too!
Entering the season, Kenny Manigault had to face questions and was doubted by many ABL fans as they did not know if he could fill in the gaps left by former Import MVP Anthony Tucker. However, Manigault has proved to everyone that he is able to step up to the plate!
Currently, Manigault is the Macau Black Bears’ leading scorer by averaging 24.2 points per game, while also averaging 8.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.
The American import has also taken the leadership role for the Black Bears to a respectable 3-3 record and gained the Player of the Week honors earlier in the season. Manigault will definitely make larger strides toward the top of the MVP ladder if he gets more wins for his team!
5) And last but not least in the rankings, we have Khalif Wyatt!
Having played 3 games in the season, Khalif Wyatt had averaged 19.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks, and 54% field goal percentage and 68% three-point field goal percentage as well.
Khalif Wyatt has stepped up for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas after a rather disappointing game previously. In their last two games, Wyatt led the team to victory with his clutch down the stretch performance on both occasions.
The 6’4” wingman is now averaging 19.3 points per game while even shooting an astounding 68 percent from beyond the arc. With his amazing shooting abilities and overall contributions, Alab may have a bright future in the rest of the league!
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